I have not been posting much lately, because the creative juices are just not flowing. That might not be a bad thing. Also, life has been busy.
Anyhow, starting on the first day of Advent, I decided to follow the Scripture readings and prayers in the Book of Common Prayer, which is a prayerbook used by Anglicans. This is the beginning of the church year, for those who follow such things (and as a Presbyterian, I usually don’t; as a group we are not even sure whether Christmas and Easter should be celebrated), so it seemed like a good time to begin. Following a discipline imposed on me from the outside seems like a good way to “reboot” my soul.
So every day I am reading 3-5 chapters of the Bible, which includes (right now) 2-3 Psalms, and selections from Isaiah, Mark, Luke, and Revelation. These are divided into morning and evening readings. There are also morning and evening prayers.
The discipline is good. I am finding it challenging to have a quiet time in the house when I am reasonably awake, but as long as I heed my alarm clock the first time it goes off in the morning, I am OK. So far I have not missed a day.
I am also not used to pre-written prayers (again, that is mostly foreign to my tradition), but they are actually pretty helpful in the morning when the brain is not at full capacity, and I find that they actually spur me to more spontaneous prayer. To put it in the most un-spiritual language I can muster, if my soul is a car, the written prayers of the prayer-book work like jumper cables. (Please, if there are any theologically minded people reading this, don’t analyze it too much.)